Dual-scaled jobs chart deconstructed, part 2

In my previous post, I examined how the dual scales on this jobs chart are sending an inaccurate message. But my efforts to remake alternate graphs from the raw data revealed another source of message corruption. Reading the graph text closely, you see that the red line is really an […]

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Dual-scaled jobs chart deconstructed, part 1

I saw this "really striking" jobs chart on Twitter recently. Can you see why the data is not as striking as it appears?   It certainly looks striking. The red line (labor force without a bachelor's degree) and the blue line (labor force with a bachelor's degree) were moving in lock step […]

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Visualizing pregnancy and post-baby weight loss with Graph Builder

My first favorite visualization from my JMP Discovery Summit poster was a multiple-element Graph Builder creation that tracked my weight trends through pregnancy, post-baby weight loss, and two and half years of weight maintenance. This seems like an especially appropriate time of year to share this graph since  so many New Year's resolutions include weight […]

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Coming in JMP 12: Graph Builder improvements

Ease-of-use and convenience functionality have been the focus of graphics work for JMP 12. The most prominent ease-of-use change is the drop zones in Graph Builder, which now light up whenever you're dragging something in. Now everyone can find the "secret" drop zone just inside the axis. It even has a […]

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Happy little trees: An updated Forest Plot Add-In

Recently, I experienced an event that brought me back to my childhood. I was having dinner at my brother's house with my sons. The television was on, and at some point Bob Ross' show "The Joy of Painting" came on the air.  If you've never experienced the show, it is […]

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An essential book for new JMP users

Are you new to JMP or just use it occasionally to explore and analyze your data? There are many resources that can help you quickly get your work done with JMP, including documentation, webcasts and the User Community. But sometimes, the best thing is a book that guides you, step by step. […]

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Exploring and visualizing sleep data with JMP

My BodyMedia® FIT® armband uses a variety of sensors to monitor my movements, including an accelerometer and gyroscope. When plugged into a computer via USB or connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone, the data stored on my device is uploaded to BodyMedia® servers and an algorithm runs to determine when […]

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Where are they now? How blog posts fare over time

As I approach the one-year anniversary of my first post for this blog, I’ve grown interested in how the popular JMP Blog posts from the past have done in the years that follow. In other words, do the popular posts continue to be popular? A good starting point for an […]

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Visualizing completeness of food logging data with Graph Builder

The second graph of my Discovery Summit 2014 poster summarized my meal logging habits. I made this graph while trying to identify patterns in my summary data that could alert me to days with missing or incomplete daily food logs. Initially, I created a point chart in Graph Builder to […]

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Using Graph Builder to visualize my activity data collection patterns

Before finalizing my Discovery Summit 2014 poster on my personal diet and fitness data, I asked my colleague Xan Gregg (lead developer of Graph Builder in JMP) to review my poster draft. By the time Xan and I sat down at my computer, I had created several graphs that I […]

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